Meet Sarah Rodriguez – Jean and Mark Schroepfer STEM Scholarship Winner

Sarah Rodriguez is the Fall 2016 recipient of the Jean and Mark Schroepfer scholarship.  Sarah teaches at Sonnesyn Elementary in the Robbinsdale School District.  Here is an excesarah rodriguez1rpt from her application letter.

“Perhaps the greatest reason I have become consumed with STEM as a teacher is the impact I have seen in my students. When under-performing students who have learning disabilities or are learning English have access to engineering, they shine. I’ve seen students who, in their standardized test scores perform at the 1 percentile, who at 10 years old may already feel beaten by most school subjects, beam from ear to ear as they complete a STEM challenge.  They are empowered.”

Academic Reading and Writing Support

The O’Neill Center for Academic Development and the St. Catherine University Libraries announce a suite of Fall workshops for Graduate students. Designed specifically for St. Kate’s Graduate students, the workshops will focus on developing and improving skills in reading, writing, and documenting sources in APA style. The dates and topics of workshops are listed below.

All of these workshops are face-to-face on the St. Paul campus. We regret that we were not able over the summer to produce equivalent tutorials for online and distance students; planning them took longer and more effort than our time permitted. Please know we hope to have these as soon as we are able.

Workshops Offered in Fall 2016

Effective Writing Strategies:  Sat., Sep. 17, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Designed for students from any discipline who would like to learn about and get hands-on practice with writing. Issues covered include writing anxiety, understanding the importance of audience, purpose, and voice, structure in writing, and use of support. Presented by O’Neill Center staff.

Introduction to APA:   Sat., Sep. 17, 9-11:00 a.m.  AND  Wed., Sep. 21, 6-8:00 p.m.  (2 sessions offered)

For beginners or intro courses, or for those who need a refresher. Covers formatting references in APA, in-text citing and quotes, and using the APA manual. Presented by Library staff.

Reading for Research:  Sat., Oct. 1, 9:00 a.m. to Noon     (NEW for Fall 2016!)

Designed for students from any discipline who would like to learn reading strategies and get hands-on practice. Covers reading issues such as the art of notetaking and summarizing, principles of prior knowledge, metacognition, and asking questions, and developing a relationship with reading.    O’Neill Center staff.

Paraphrasing to Avoid Plagiarism:  Sat., Oct. 1, 9-11:00 a.m. AND Tues., Oct. 4, 6-8:00 p.m.  (2 sessions offered)

Learn and practice techniques for writing source material in your own words in order to avoid plagiarism. Presented by Library staff.

Effective Writing Strategies:  Sat., Oct. 15, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Please see description above.

Advanced APA:  Sat., Oct. 15, 9-11:00 a.m. AND Mon., Oct. 17, 6-8:00 p.m.   (2 sessions offered)

Recommended for advanced researchers and for those with a working understanding of APA.  This workshop will focus on, and allow practice of, advanced features such as citing electronic sources, headings, and tables.


Who may attend

Any student currently enrolled in a St. Kate’s graduate program is invited to attend any of the workshops.  Graduate Faculty are also invited to register!

To register

Links to registration forms for each session will be available approximately two weeks prior to each workshop.

Registration, locations, and further information are available at:

Refreshments and promotional assistance provided by the Graduate Student Advisory Board

Questions? Please contact Sue Gray or Patty Young 

Thoughtful post from a student in Ethics in the Information Age


Leigh Zika

Ethics in the Information Age
EDUC 5993

Leigh Zika

We can define the Information Age as being a term used to describe our current time period, one in which there has been a shift from the previous industrial-based economies ushered in by the Industrial Revolution to the information-based economies ushered in by the widespread development of the internet and computers/computing/networking capabilities.  In this economy, information has become both a resource and a commodity, and access to the internet and to information, or lack of access, can be a determining factor in both personal and business success.


New Student Kick Off

Had a great day today with the new teachers starting St.Kate’s graduate programs for practicing teachers today!
One of our more fun projects was to create 3D images of the St. Kate’s campus. Using your laptop or phone you can virtually stand in varied spots around campus. Enjoy!

Coeur de Catherine near the Spillane Room

Our Lady of Victory Chapel

Dew Drop Pond view from chapel

Bridge over Dew Drop Pond

First Floor Mendel Hall

Entrance to Butler

Students — if you have another image to share please post the link in the comments section here!


SciGirls and St.Kate’s Partner

Who designs the bikes we ride? The apps we use? The buildings where we live and work? These real Minnesota women work every day to make our lives better. Will you be one of them?  #SciGirls #WomenInSTEM

TPT SciGirls Video Snapshot

During the first year of our three year iTEST Grant with Twin Cities Public Television we are busy gathering female role models for teachers to share with their students in CTE and STEM classes.

Combining the power of media and the impact of role models, a new series of role model videos are now streaming at These 12 short films feature young women from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds sharing both the challenges and triumphs of “a day in the life” in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. Role models broaden girls’ views of women in STEM jobs, and expand girls’ visions of what’s possible in their own lives. These videos show women in nontraditional technical fields at work and at home, describing their challenges and successes in a variety of STEM and trades careers.

“The women in these videos have been trailblazers their entire careers,” said series producer Marie Domingo. “Their stories are inspiring and relatable, and they’ll motivate today’s high school girls to prepare for the jobs of the future.”

Producer Angie Prindle adds, “SciGirls has an 11-year history of inspiring middle school girls by showcasing STEM role models and mentors. We are grateful to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for supporting SciGirls as we grow to serve a high school audience.”

A television special showcasing six of these stories, SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs, premieres on TPT2 on May 27th, on TPT MN on May 29th, and will also be available online at

This video series was produced as part of “SciGirls Strategies: Gender Equitable Teaching Practices in Career and Technical Education Pathways for High School Girls,” an NSF-funded project designed to help high school educators recruit and retain more girls from diverse backgrounds in nontraditionally female STEM and career and technical education (CTE) classes and career pathways. Teachers and counselors from across the Twin Cities metro area have successfully applied gender equitable strategies to their classroom practice in the first year of this initiative. Minnesota teachers interested in participating in the second year of this project can email Siri Anderson at St.Kate’s to learn more.

Research shows that role models inspire girls to think differently about their potential futures. Work in STEM or CTE and want to help? Sign up for FabFems if you would be willing to share your expertise with young women.


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